ISS Seminar - Agile Software Development: Swift and the Shift

High costs, heavy processes and inability to meet changing business needs are perceived as some characteristics of software development. Agile software development practices promise to alleviate these pain points and work towards delivering business value. In this seminar, you will get insights into how agile practices can help you deliver its promises and hear about the success stories from Agile practitioners.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand the nuances of governing Agile software development projects.
  • Get insights on Agile Software Engineering practices that yield high quality software.
  • Appreciate challenges and lessons learnt during organizational transformation.
  • Demystify the art of Agile Project Management.


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Who Should Attend
  • Application Development Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Software Architects
  • Software Engineers
  • Software Analysts
  • Business Analysts
  • Business and IT Managers/Professionals
  • Date / Time / Venue
    • 18 April 2014, Friday
    • 9:00am – 12:15pm (Registration begins at 8.30am)
    • Institute of Systems Science
      25 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
      Singapore 119615
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    Forum Agenda

    8:30 am Registration
    9:00 am Introduction
    9:05 am Agile Governance
    Dr. Robert Firth Senior Member, Software Engineering Programme, ISS

    Agile is about people, processes, and things. However, all three behave differently in an Agile project, compared to a more traditional one. This raises the important issue of governance: How are Agile projects to be conducted at all levels of coordination and direction? This session looks at the differences of practice, and the differences of governance required for each practice.

    9:35 am Software Craftmanship - The Agile Way
    Swarnalatha Ashok Chief, Advanced Software Design and Development Practice, ISS

    Often, software development teams adopt a preferred Agile framework and expect it to deliver high-quality software. The common myth of ‘no documentation’ and ‘no Big Design Upfront (BDUF)” takes over the team, resulting in a poor grade software. Blending many practices advocated by XP culture into the Agile framework ensures that the software quality is maintained throughout the development life cycle. This session highlights some of the essential software engineering practices that teams embracing Agile Software development need to follow strictly.

    10:05 am Coffee Break & Networking
    10:35 am Successful Agile Transformation - The NCS Story
    Lee Chee Yong Agile Practice Lead, NCS Agile Competency Centre

    To an ordinary companies, Agile transformation is hard. But to a System Integrator (SI) company, it is a cultural revolution. In order for an Agile transformation to be successful, 4 Ps (People, Processes, Plans and Projects) need to be effectively covered.

    This session will cover ongoing thinking processes and challengesfaced by NCS and some of the insights and lessons learnt from a practitioner’s perspective. It will also touch on the customisations required in order to apply agile practices in a heterogonous Asian culture that have greater power distance, respect for authority and subtle mannerism.

    11:15 am "Agile Project Management": Is it an Oxymoron?
    Jagadeesh Balakrishnan Associate, Software Engineering Programme, ISS

    Often than not, project management is misconceived to be an administrative activity giving rise to lengthy documentation and clear “to do” instructions to the team. On the contrary, Agile is viewed to be the new, trendy Avatar proclaiming less, or sometimes zero, processes to follow and having a “Do it yourself (DIY)” team culture! What the untrained eye misses to see is a fine balance that connects project management philosophy with agile values. This session will focus on exploring the fundamental need to go the agile way and raise common questions at management, project team and individual level relating to the subject of “Agile” & “Project Management”. The answer to the common questions raised will result in a successful marriage of the two.

    11:45 am Panel Discussion
    12:15 am End


    Mr. Robert Firth Senior Member, Software Engineering Programme, ISS
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    Mr. Robert Firth Senior Member of Software Engineering Programme at NUS-ISS

    Mr. Robert Firth, Senior Member of Software Engineering Programme at NUS-ISS, teaches requirements analysis, software quality, assurance, software and system reliability, software metrics and process improvement at ISS.

    He spent 11 years at the Software Engineering Institute where he taught software process improvement, along with many other topics, as part of the Master of Software Engineering programme at Carnegie Mellon University. He also participated in technical research on risk management, software design methods, and internet security. In '96-'97, as a visiting professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he assisted in the introduction of software process improvement concepts and technology in their MSE and software centre programmes. From '79 - '85, he was a member of the design and review team for the Ada programming language.

    Previously as associate professor at the Royal Military College of Science in England, he had taught and consulted with the Ministry of Defence and other government organisations.

    Ms. Ashok Swarnalatha Chief, Advanced Software Design and Development Practice, ISS View Biography

    Ms. Ashok Swarnalatha Chief of Advanced Software Design & Development programme

    Ms. Ashok Swarnalatha, Chief of Advanced Software Design & Development programme, teaches object oriented technology, web services and Java technology at ISS. Having been with leading manufacturing and consulting companies like D.C.M Data Products and Tata Consultancy Services in India, she has extensive experience in networking and systems software development. At Information Communication Institute of Singapore, she was responsible for managing and delivering courses on software engineering, UNIX and object oriented technology. Prior to this, she was in-charge of network management (cellular networks) software development projects at the Motorola Software Centre, Singapore. Swarna has most recently co-authored a book entitled 'Object Oriented Programming and Java'.

    Mr. Lee Chee Yong Agile Practice Lead, NCS Agile Competency Centre
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    Mr. Lee Chee Yong Agile Practice Lead, NCS Agile Competency Centre

    Mr. Lee Chee Yong is the Agile Practice Lead in NCS. He heads the Agile Competency Centre which promotes the agile education and adoption of agile practices within the company through the conduct of courses, project team level coaching and support of presales activities. Over his 12 years career in the ICT industry, he has undertaken various roles ranging from Agile Coach, Scrum-Master, Development Team manager, Quality Assurance Manager, developer in both public and private sector projects in NCS, Philips Electronics Singapore and DSTA. Chee Yong holds a MEng from Cornell University and MBA from NUS. He is a certified PSM1, PSM2, PSPO, CSM, CSP, SAFe Agilist, PMI-ACP and PMP.

    Mr. Balakrishnan Jagadeesh Associate, Software Engineering Programme, ISS View Biography

    Mr. Balakrishnan Jagadeesh Associate, Software Engineering Programme, ISS

    Mr. Balakrishnan Jagadeesh, Associate of Software Engineering Programme at NUS-ISS, has over 15 years of diverse experience spread across roles like Agile Coach, SCRUM Master, Program Manager, advisory roles in Program Management Office (PMO), CMMI Consultant, Engineering Process Head, ISO / CMMI / ITIL Auditor, Six Sigma consultant etc. Jagadeesh has rich & varied consulting experience in several countries across the globe in areas like Project / Program Management, Agile Transformation, CMMI, Metrics implementation, ISO 9001 & ITIL framework definition. As part of his work experience he has mentored & led a large pool of software engineering consultants, has headed the Software Engineering Process Group (SEPG) of a large banking organization, has been a CMMI SCAMPI Class A Assessment Team Member for several appraisals & has handled several Internal & external quality audits as an auditor.