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Integrating Project Work Using Collaborative Environments

Working with project teams – locally or globally – requires a lot of communication and coordination. Routine information can be provided in written plans and standard reviews, but the interesting interactions happen when team members collaborate on project work. Today’s technologies give us new ways to collaborate, with different teams preferring different mechanisms, ranging from old-style teleconferences to instant messaging, blogs, and wikis… and many more. This month, we examine collaborative tools that are becoming popular, to see how teams are able to leverage them, and to see how to keep them from getting in the way. Steve Teleki, a Director of Software Engineering at IBM, will tell us about his experiences using podcasts. He’ll bring an example from a recent podcast he did and tell us how well it served the audience, then entertain questions and reactions from the audience. Stories about how they use wikis, blogs, and micro-information exchange technologies will also be discussed by several members of Austin’s developer community. Being effective in the fast-moving software industry requires some teams to abandon their headphones, to be able to exchange information quickly with their peers. What are these technologies? How do they change the style and pace of work? Come listen, question, discuss. Every attendee probably also has a favorite collaboration tool – and a disaster story – so we’re looking forward to hearing about those, too! Come join us for an enlightening evening, in this joint meeting of the Austin SPIN and the Austin IEEE Computer Society!

About the Speaker

Steven Teleki, Program Director of Engineering at IBM, Austin

Mr. Teleki has 20 years of wide-ranging experience in the software industry. He is Program Director, Software Engineering, Industry SOA Accelerators, Application Integration Middleware, IBM Software Group. He is passionate about creating high-quality software on time and on budget. He focuses on understanding and improving both individual and team software development performance. He believes that every developer can increase his or her software development performance way beyond what commonly assumed possible.

He served in a variety of roles, including: Vice President for Software Engineering, Software Quality Director, Software Process Director, Development Team Leader, Senior Software Engineer, User Interface Designer, Usability Specialist, Software Developer. As developer, he wrote software that shipped in over 40 million copies worldwide.

His understanding of both people and technology makes him uniquely capable of building outstanding software organizations. He is a leader who is also a coach and mentor to development and testing teams. Under his mentorship software engineers have improved their performance in areas of software project planning, personal software process measurement, software design, and implementation. Outside work he serves as the program chair of the IEEE Computer Society, Austin Chapter, and served from 2002 through 2004 as the chairman of the IEEE Computer Society, Austin Chapter. He lives with his wife and three daughters just outside of Austin, Texas. You can reach him through http://steven.teleki.net.