Alistair Cockburn in New Zealand

Explore Assurity 28 February 2013 Edwin Dando

Dr Alistair Cockburn is one of the original creators of the Agile Manifesto and voted one of the "The All-Time Top 150 i-Technology Heroes" in 2007 for his pioneering work in use cases and agile software development. He is an authority on the topic of Use Cases, having written what is often considered as "the Use Case Bible" (Writing Effective Use Cases) by many Business Analysts.

An internationally renowned IT strategist and author of the Jolt award-winning books "Agile Software Development" and "Writing Effective Use Cases", he is an expert on agile development, use cases, process design, project management, and object-oriented design.

Alistair is going to be in New Zealand with Assurity in March for the AgileNZ conference and has offered to teach two key courses:

  • Use Cases to User Stories

Learn what a broad range of "requirements" consists of, how to avoid the word "requirements" altogether, the implications of agile development for steering, cutting, trimming scope to deliver maximum value. You will come away understanding the shortest, simplest path to writing an effective use case, ways to cut use cases into user stories, ways to organize the work requests with the story-mapping technique, and ways to trim the work being done to deliver early, often, and to maximize benefit / minimize loss when the deadline makes it impossible to do everything. The techniques reviewed are valuable in carrying out any kind of project, not only agile ones. 18 March 2013, Wellington. 

  • Advanced Agile Masterclass

Introduction to the topic of advanced agile development. It is for any role, whether executive sponsor, project manager, business analyst, programmer, or none of the above. In this 1-day discovery-filled course

o Encounter why agile works, what it's limitations are

o Learn to maximize results by considering design as Knowledge Acquisition.

o Test yourself with the Elephant Carpaccio exercise and the Drawing Race.

o Learn to back up your recommendations with solid theory, not just an appeal to authority.

o See the larger space into which agile development fits. 

At the end of the course, walk away with a view into the larger set of tools you can use in your project and organizational situations. 21 & 22 March 2013, Wellington

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