This month we’ll split time between two talks:

Problems Maintaining Innovation in an Agile/Lean World

One of the benefits that many product development teams are able to realize when they switch to an iterative or limited WIP process for developing software is (finally!) a ranking of work items on which the team can focus. Over time, this allows a good deal predictability for the stakeholders of the project, especially when work items have corresponding “done” criteria that are adhered to. Some organizations are so enamored with the results of this shift that they begin to assemble all members of team into these types of structures, including team members that were previously dedicated to research or advanced product development efforts. While this is not necessarily a bad decision for these organizations, some face issues with maintaining a level of innovation in the product efforts as there may be a perception that there is neither time nor the people to work on important innovation efforts. Further, some of these team members may be doing work that is neither challenging to them as individuals nor is bringing the appropriate value to the company.

In this discussion, Matt will help shine a light on this issue that can be especially challenging for a product development company that seeks to maximize the velocity of a product team working against the near-term roadmap but may lose sight of competitive challenges that may change the very nature of the playing field. He will describe the challenges faced by teams he has worked with both in the past and currently and share what he has learned. A healthy discussion is expected to follow!

Stop Starting, Start Finishing

Many organizations are drowning in a sea of opportunity and instead of focusing on getting the highest value items done we are crippled by trying to do too much at one time. In this session we will explore why this is the case and some techniques for resolving the problems. Our objective is to help you:

– Increase productivity and deliver more

– Get your customers more engaged – Have agility to adjust when changes occur

– Lower your cycle times

– Limit the costs of delay

Speaker: Matt Roberts and David Hawks

Date/Time: 5/14/13 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Venue: BancVue, 4516 Seton Center Pkwy, Suite 300, Austin, TX 78759

To Register (and for more info): http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6595947657.