April Conferences with DCG Software Value

Conference season is back in full swing! This month you'll find us at two different conferences - coincidentally held in the same city, on the same dates! Both of these conferences are ones we return to year after year, so we can be sure that this year's events will not disappoint.

QUEST conference

First up is the QUEST conference (Quality Engineered Software and Testing). The conference features an exhibition hall, presenters and workshops/tutorials with a focus on testing. Tom Cagley, our Vice President of Consulting, will present, "Budgeting, Estimation, Planning and #NoEstimates - They ALL Make Sense for Agile Testing!," on Wednesday, April 20, from 11:15am-12:15pm. Tom will explain the difference between budgeting, planning, and estimation, as applied to testing in an Agile environment, and when they make sense, when they don’t, and in what combination for testing.

He will also teach a workshop, "Agile Estimation," on Monday, April 18 from 8:30am-4:30pm. The course focuses on providing QA managers, test analysts, and test automation engineers with an in-depth understanding of the principles and methods of estimating leveraged in an Agile development environment, through a combination of lectures with hands-on technique practice.

DCG is also a sponsor of the event.

Date: April 18-22, 2016
Location: The Renaissance Chicago Downtown; Chicago, IL

IT Financial Management

The second place you'll find us is the IT Financial Management Association’s (ITFMA) Financial World of IT Conference. The focus of this event is how to improve IT financial management capabilities. Harrison Zipkin, our Director of VC/M&A, will present "Shifting Operating Expense to Equity Value," on April 20th in the afternoon. His presentation will discuss how to convert operating expenses to equity value, highlighting current methodologies in IT and finance to enhance ROI.

Date: April 18-22, 2016
Location: Palmer House Hilton Hotel; Chicago, IL 

So, that's where we'll be in April! After each conference the presentations will be available for download - we'll be sure to post the links on the blog (they'll also be in our newsletters).

Our full event calendar is available here.

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Better Agile & Software Development Presentations

Better Agile conference

Last month Mike Harris and Tom Cagley attended the Better Agile and Software Development East conference. At the Better Software Conference, attendees learn about the latest tools, trends and challenges regarding software development approaches, plan-driven development methods and process improvement programs. The Agile Development Conference is for those seeking more information about Agile practices, processes, technologies and principles.

Tom Cagley, Vice President of Consulting, presented at the Agile track of the conference. His presentation, "Managing Risk in Agile Development: It Isn't Magic!" discussed how the implementation of Agile processes allows you to avoid spending significant time analyzing risks, while making it very difficult for an unseen risk to sneak up on your project.

Mike Harris, CEO, presented at the Better Software track of the conference. His presentation, "Visualization to Improve Value Delivery," provided an overview of the key elements of flow theory and shared five simple but essential metrics—value visualization—for defining and tracking business value.

Both presentations are available for download! Hit "Download" below to receive both of the presentations in one file.


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Download Agile DC Presentations

Agile DC 2015

On October 26th, we had the pleasure of attending the Agile DC conference for the third year. Agile DC brings together an impressive community of Agile practitioners and thought leaders from around the region, for a full day of presentations and networking.

For those in attendance, we were the keynote sponsor, so you probably saw us up on stage prior to the keynote speaker, James Grenning. Following that, we were excited to have 2 speakers at the event, our CEO, Mike Harris, and our VP of Consulting, Tom Cagley.

Both of their presentations are now available for download:

  • What if you need to scale Agile but don’t fit the models? A case study.
  • Budgeting, Estimation, Planning, #NoEstimates, and the Agile Planning Onion – They ALL make sense!

As always, if you have any questions or need more information, just leave a comment below and we'll be sure to get back to you!

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Agile and Risk

Agile Philly

Earlier this month, Tom Cagley (you know him as our VP of Consulting, Certified Scrum Master and SAFe Program Consultant) delivered a presentation at the Agile Philly: Agile World Tour event. Agile Philly is a great organization and resource in the region. Every month members are invited to listen to a presentation related to Agile and software development, and they are always interesting, informative and helpful.

Every October Agile Philly also takes part in the Agile World Tour, an international effort to educate IT organizations about different software development practices that include Scrum, XP, Kanban, Agile and more.

This year's event was held on October 5th, and Tom presented "Agile and Risk: Assigning Risk." He discussed how to implement best practices for mitigating risk in an Agile environment. Interested? You can download the presentation here (if you're not interested, we link to plenty of other related resources that you can download - for free - as well). If you have any feedback, please leave it in the comment section below!


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Michael D. Harris to Share His Value Visualization Framework at the IEEE Software Technology Conference

Michael D. HarrisMichael Harris, author and speaker on the Value Visualization of IT and related topics, and President and CEO of David Consulting Group, will present at the IEEE Software Technology Conference taking place October 12-15, 2015 in Long Beach, California.

Mr. Harris will present his “Value Visualization Framework” concept on October 14 at 10:00 a.m. PST. He will discuss how providing IT with the economic data for software development initiatives can lead to improved decision making and ultimately impact an organization’s bottom line. Mr. Harris’ 5-step Value Visualization Framework (VVF) promotes collaboration between the business units and IT in order to prioritize projects based on their value. Mr. Harris will share his framework and offer guidance on how it can be used in conjunction with many of the popular development methodologies in use today, such as Agile.

“When IT functions in a silo, its ability to impact the overall organization in a meaningful way is limited, at best,” said Mr. Harris. “It is imperative that IT work closely with the business in order to prioritize its work based on assigned value. With the value information directly from the business, IT can then produce work that will foster the greatest business and economic benefits, providing increased profitability and an improved competitive advantage.”

The IEEE Software Technology Conference is a leading software conference that provides a forum for software practitioners to share their experiences with the goal of improving the execution of software across the industry. The focus of this year’s event is “Meeting Real World Opportunities and Challenges through Software and Systems Technology.”

More information about the VFF and Mr. Harris is available here: www.valuevisualization.com.

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- Mike Harris, DCG Owner

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